St. Paul, Minn. (AP) – Minnesota is expanding its use of lottery
permits for hunting antlerless deer in some areas this fall.
The Department of Natural Resources says over-the-counter,
either-sex permits will be valid in significantly fewer areas,
especially in parts of northern and southwestern Minnesota. So
hunters who typically did not need to apply to get an either-sex
permit via lottery will need to do so.
The DNR says the change is part of an effort to increase herd
numbers in those areas.
Another major change: All muzzleloader hunters must apply for an
either-sex permit if they want to kill an antlerless deer in a
lottery permit area. In past years, muzzleloader hunters who did
not buy a regular firearms license could take an antlerless deer in
a lottery area without a permit.
The DNR advises hunters to review the regulations prior to the
Sept. 10 application deadline.